Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law

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Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law is the latest product of research by the Global Ecological Integrity Group, an organisation that has been meeting annually since 1992 to discuss scientific, philosophical, political and legal aspects of ecological integrity. This collection examines various aspects of governance from the standpoint of integrity: from democracy, to forms of Native governance, from globalization and neocolonialism to specific human rights to food, water and climate.

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Laura Westra holds doctorates in both Philosophy and Jurisprudence, and has taught in the fields of philosophy, ethics, environmental studies and law at several US and Canadian universities. She is the founder of the Global Ecological Integrity Group and author of 22 books, including Ecoviolence and the Law, Environmental Justice and the Rights of Unborn and Future Generations, Environmental Justice and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice and the Right of Ecological Refugees. J. Ronald Engel is Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature. Through his academic posts at Meadville/Lombard Theological School and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Engel helped pioneer the fields of environmental ethics and theology. His books include Sacred Sands (Melcher Book Award), Ethics of Environment and Development (co-editor), and with Klaus Bosselmann and Prue Taylor, Governance for Sustainability. Dr. Klaus Bosselmann, born in Germany, is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. Among his numerous books are Im Namen der Natur, When Two World Collide, Environmental Justice and Market Mechanisms, Environmental Law for a Sustainable Society and The Principle of Sustainability.

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There is perhaps no issue that is more neglected yet more critical for the flourishing of Earth's community than the intersection of democracy, ecology, and law. This book is ground breaking and dialogue changing. It stands alone as an important contribution, not simply because of the high quality of the essays but because of the pressing concerns they share. --Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University

The Global Ecological Integrity Group has gathered leading scholars of science, ethics, law and other disciplines to consider some of the most challenging environmental issues we face. These thought-provoking essays underscore the complexity of the ethical and policy imperatives of achieving ecological integrity. In particular, they guide us on the conceptual and institutional changes needed to promote democratic governance, a crucial basis for a just and sustainable future. --Professor Benjamin J. Richardson, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto

This book enters the vastly contested contemporary and international conversation on the meaning of democracy. It addresses two essential ingredients which are often missing: the capacity of democracy, actually existing, and normatively considered, to preserve the ecological integrity of the biosphere, and the complicated but vital relationship between democracy and international law. The editors and contributors to this amazingly rich volume are united in the understanding that the meaning and institutions of actually existing democracy must be transformed if this term is to indicate a form of governance which is adequate to the challenges which stand before 21st century global civilization. --Stephen Rowe, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University

The Global Ecological Integrity Group has gathered leading scholars of science, ethics, law and other disciplines to consider some of the most challenging environmental issues we face. These thought-provoking essays underscore the complexity of the ethical and policy imperatives of achieving ecological integrity. In particular, they guide us on the conceptual and institutional changes needed to promote democratic governance, a crucial basis for a just and sustainable future. --Professor Benjamin J. Richardson, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto

This book enters the vastly contested contemporary and international conversation on the meaning of democracy. It addresses two essential ingredients which are often missing: the capacity of democracy, actually existing, and normatively considered, to preserve the ecological integrity of the biosphere, and the complicated but vital relationship between democracy and international law. The editors and contributors to this amazingly rich volume are united in the understanding that the meaning and institutions of actually existing democracy must be transformed if this term is to indicate a form of governance which is adequate to the challenges which stand before 21st century global civilization. --Stephen Rowe, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University

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